It may still be too early for some but Christmas plans are already taking shape in our hospitals, with the launch of our Christmas card appeal as part of the North West Anglia's December Magic campaign!
"We're asking all local primary schools to design and make a Christmas card for any of our elderly patients that will need to be in hospital over the festive period," says Joanne Bennis, Chief Nurse. "We will very gratefully accept cards from all children who want to participate and we're looking for cards for Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford Hospitals. So please get creative and spread the word so we can get as many schools as possible involved."
Research shows that developing relationships between the elderly and the young can be beneficial for the wellbeing of both parties. The Trust feels that there is no better time than Christmas to explore this theory further and try to spread a little festive cheer. We have some elderly patients who receive no visitors at all and being in hospital is difficult enough without adding loneliness to the mix.
If you would like your school to take part then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your school's name and contact details. Cards for all three hospitals can then be sent to:
The Communications Team
Peterborough City Hospital
Entries must be in by Friday 16 November please. All schools that send cards in will be entered into a random draw to personally hand deliver their creations to patients in December. Two schools will be chosen for each hospital and a small number of pupils will be invited in with a teacher to see the workings of a hospital ward and present their cards to our elderly patients.